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CONCISE DICTIONARY OF RELIGION
Compiled by Irving Hexham.
Originally published by Inter-Varsity Press, Downers Grove, 1993, pp. 245.
Republished Regent College Press, Vancouver, 1998.
Comments from selected reviews of Concise
Dictionary of Religion:
… this glossary and who's who is one of a kind … Few glossaries specify the nub of an issue so deftly … Trained by Ninian Smart … Hexham wants religious studies to highlight "dissenting views." He dissects problem-laden categories like "Animism," "Dualism," "High Gods," and "Myth," by sketching scholarly debates for and against … A skilled taxonomist, Hexham emphasizes differences where others see similarities … For all its argumentativeness, this intorduction to persons and concepts sparkles, particularly in the classroom. No other glossary combines range, incisiveness and outspokenness so dexterously.
To be truthful, I was dreading the task of reading your dictionary, because so many books written by non-Witches about Wicca/Witchcraft and other aspects of the Occult have been hopelessly inaccurate. Christian writers often tend to define terms with a profoundly fundamentalist stance … However your book was a refereshing change. You seem to have a well balanced description of all religious groups …
... not only a `handy' reference work but a very judicious one as well. To define over 2,000 terms and movements can lead one to a mechanical listing of data in an abridged form. This work, however, is surprisingly thoughtful ...
... isn't just for college students but for anyone who reads regularly in religion and philosophy. I recommend it to all bookstores.
... provides essential material...is seldom obscure...Mistakes are rare...illuminating and informed...His entries show sustained and wide learning...and this scholarship is displayed with finesse.
The strength of this small volume is undoubtably its accessibility to those who are coming new to the subject ... A quick sampling of the entries reveals a wide breadth of knowledge ... The entries are generally factual rather than critical, though they employ an extensive system of cross-referencing ...
Hexham...strives after total neutrality...The entries are, however, clearly written...an amazingly easy read.
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